“…thank you for a little bit of heaven amid all the chaos surrounding cancer…” ~~ Mrs. P
The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation’s Hope Bus, our Mobile Wellness and Resource Center (an RV), is the backbone of our community outreach program. It delivers our programs, services and resources across Rhode Island and into Massachusetts. Its primary mission is to raise breast health awareness, encourage threefold screening (breast self-exam, annual clinical exam and annual mammograms) and provide educational resources about breast cancer.
Our programs are designed to provide information and resources for everyone. We have a three-ring approach to the important phases in a person’s life. Birth to diagnosis relates to all people who have not been diagnosed, and includes breast health education and encourages a healthy lifestyle. The second phase is diagnosis to end of treatment. This phase encompasses all the services the foundation provides to breast cancer patients and their loved ones. The third phase is the end of treatment and beyond, which includes survivorship and thrivership programs and services, as well as extended support. In addition to educational services, we offer healing arts programs, spa services, nutrition classes, support groups, access to the Women’s Cancer Screening Program (which provides free mammograms to uninsured/underinsured women), and a safe environment in which to share experiences and life stories. Each time the Hope Bus visits a site, we collaborate with a host representative to offer appropriate services, resources and information. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and make suggestions for future programs.
Although our goal is to reach all Rhode Islanders – men and women, all races and ethnicities, and all ages – a special effort is made to bring the Hope Bus to low income neighborhoods and minority communities where there is greater need for breast health education and wellness services.
We regularly visit private businesses, community centers, senior centers, hospitals, churches, schools, health fairs, and community events; and we are continually in search of new venues where we can promote breast health.
The Hope Bus was generously donated to the Gloria Gemma Foundation by the Halkyard Family Foundation. It is supported in part by grants from the Rhode Island Foundation, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and Amgen Foundation. The dimensions are 38 feet long, 12 feet high and 8 ½ feet wide (when fully extended).
For more information, contact Maureen DiPiero at Maureen@gloriagemma.org or by calling 401-861-HERO (4376).
To raise breast cancer awareness, increase breast health education, enhance the quality of life for breast cancer patients, as well as their families and friends, and generate funding for local breast health programs